Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop has today (10th September 2013) welcomed pledges by Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, to crackdown on the exploitative use of zero-hours contracts.
In his speech at the TUC conference Ed Miliband proposed three specific measures:
- Banning employers from insisting zero-hours workers be available even when there is no guarantee of any work.
- Stopping zero-hours contracts that require workers to work exclusively for one business.
- Ending the misuse of zero-hours contracts where employees are in practice working regular hours over a sustained period.
“I’m very pleased that Ed has committed a Labour Government to tackling the growing exploitative use of zero-hours contracts that provide so much uncertainty for both businesses and employees. The uncertainty that zero-hours contracts create is extremely damaging on multiple levels. Families don’t know if they will have a wage one week to the next and are therefore unable to plan for their future.
“Whilst I accept that these types of contracts may be suitable for certain types of workers who enjoy the flexibility, unfortunately for many it makes family life impossible to manage and leaves them vulnerable to exploitation.
“We must reform this type of employment so we don’t just have more people in jobs; but more people in decent jobs that are secure and pay a wage you can live off. I believe that what Ed pledged today will go some way to tackle these unethical practices.”